- Holding things helps children to coordinate small muscles in their hands and fingers. This is also one of the first steps toward being able to write.
- Say this simple rhyme making a fist, then using a thumb. Development of fine motor skills also helps prepare children to write.
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? (Make two fists)
Here I am. Here I am. (Stick up one thumb and then the other.)
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you. (Wiggle one thumb and then the other.)
Run away. Run away. (Move fists behind one by one.)
- Say the Pat a Cake nursery rhyme. Trace the first letter in baby’s name on their palm when you recite, “and mark it with a __.”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and roll it and mark it with B,
And put it in the oven for baby and me.
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